Sligo IT for my undergraduate and UCC current for my PhD
Degree in biomedical science, diploma in astronomy and astrophysics and nearly PhD
Tyndall National institute
I work to diagnose cancer and infectious diseases using a method called surface plasmon resonance. I make biosensors, basically. I use antibodies or viruses that I couple to gold films on a glass prism and shine a lazer light on them. I observe the shift in wavelength to see if a disease is present.
My Typical Day
A lot of sweet talking to my antibodies, so it will work.
A day in the lab would be modifying my samples, and performing a bio assay. There is loads more, but if won’t fit in here..
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to donate it to the Victor dowling equine rescue centre, where I volunteer once a week. These guys do a great job.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, loud, auburny brown (not ginger)
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Nobody in particular
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have a pony. And another one. And another one.
Tell us a joke.
What does a fish say when he swims into a wall? – Dam. (I’m bad at jokes..)